We need a roof over our heads, say victims

AN eyewitness of the Abule Ado explosions, Linda Adanma Onuoha, on Tuesday said she was washing her clothes when she suddenly heard siren-like noise.

She said she saw a thick whitish powder oozing from a gas pipeline.

Onuoha said: “Shortly after, another thick whitish powder oozed again and I heard a deafening noise. I didn’t smell gas at all. I started shouting.

“I called my male neighbours. They came out. This time, we couldn’t see one another again. The whole place was full of that whitish substance. We all managed to go out.

“On getting to the end of that street, we heard a heavy bang. The force threw us away. That woman (pointing to her neighbour) was naked because she only tied a wrapper. By the time we knew what happened, we had lost everything.

“In our compound, four people are in the hospital and one person is still missing. I’ve been sleeping in my younger brother’s house since Sunday.”

Onuoha appealed to the government to help them with shelter.

“They can help us with a roof over our head. The loss here is too much. We know the government can’t satisfy all our needs, but if we have a roof over our head, to begin with, we can pick up the pieces of our lives,” she said.

Her relative, Chuks Onuoha, said she was in the church when the explosion happened.

She said: “My church is at Orientation and I heard the explosion there. I was still in church when my neighbour called that Abule-Ado is in shambles.

“I called a neighbour who told me that our house has gone down. We ran from Agric back to this place. It was then we saw that our house had gone down. One of my neighbours was in the house sleeping when it happened.

“What I use to sustain myself, my sewing machine is nowhere to be found. Let the government help us with a roof over our head. They should also help us financially so that we can begin again. I’ve lost my source of livelihood now, where do I begin from?”

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I, Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay and Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Valentine Buraimoh, hailed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and all the emergency responders.

She said: “I moved a motion and the House resolved to call on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to let us know why the issue of pipeline explosion is a recurring decimal and why every time we have a pipeline explosion, there has to be loss of lives and property.

“We were also able to resolve that the state government should fish out the culprits especially those that approved the erection of buildings around this pipeline area.”

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